Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Toggling Font Assignments in a Macro.

Toggling Font Assignments in a Macro

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 1, 2020)

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Jacie wrote that she had created a macro that set text to Time New Roman. She wanted to change the macro to be a toggle between Times New Roman and Arial Narrow Bold, and wondered how to do it.

The easiest way to do it in a macro is simply to check the font used in your selected text, and then take steps based on what you find. For instance, the following macro will only take action if the selected text is either Times New Roman or Arial Narrow:

Sub ChangeSelectedFont()
    Select Case Selection.Font.Name
        Case "Times New Roman"
            Selection.Font.Name = "Arial Narrow"
            Selection.Font.Bold = True
        Case "Arial Narrow"
            Selection.Font.Name = "Times New Roman"
            Selection.Font.Bold = False
    End Select
End Sub

There is a different, non-macro way that may make some sense, however. Why not use styles? You can define styles to encompass any formatting attributes desired. For instance, you could define one style that used Times New Roman, and another that used Arial Narrow Bold. You could apply the styles at will and you could even search and replace using the styles.

Note:

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1053) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Toggling Font Assignments in a Macro.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2015-10-22 18:26:41

Phil Reinemann

Microsoft uses (as near as I can tell) uses Arial font in their menus for Windows 7.
When documenting I use Calibri 11pt font but when telling someone to select a menu item or the title of a window I use Arial 10pt font.
I'd like a button to set the currently selected text to Arial 10pt, and except for format painter I think a macro is the only way to do it.
Any other ideas how to do this with a button to apply a style?


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